Maryborough Mural Project makes history

THE Maryborough Mural Project has received another impressive accolade – this time its inclusion in Australia’s Historical Record.

The Maryborough Mural Project will be included in Australia’s electronic historical record. PHOTO: File / Shaun Ryan.

The project – established by Deborah Hannam and Elizabeth Lowrie – will now form part of Australia’s electronic historical record.

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“The State Library of Queensland is building a comprehensive collection of Queensland publications to ensure the preservation of our heritage, including online publications and websites of lasting significance,” said Elizabeth.

“It recently requested to include our Maryborough Mural Project website in Australia’s web archive.  The project granted permission, which means our trail will be kept for perpetuity as part of Australia’s historical record – fantastic achievement for Maryborough,” Elizabeth explained.

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Inclusion in Australia’s web archive comes just months after the project took home silver at the Australian Street Art Awards in the Best Street Art Trail category.

Deborah described the project’s inclusion in the web archive as a major achievement for the trail, the Heritage City, its local businesses and volunteers.

“The mural project is now completing its 39th mural and has reached the critical mass necessary to attract major numbers of tourists to the city. 

“We modelled our project on Chemainus in Canada and Sheffield in Tasmania who attract 600,000 and 200,000 visitors respectively each year,” Deborah said.

Australia’s Web Archive (also known as PANDORA, which is an acronym for Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) was established by the National Library of Australia in 1996 to enable the capture of and long-term access to Australian online publications. 

The State Library cooperates with the National Library in order to build and preserve a comprehensive collection of Australian online publications. 

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The State Library’s brief is to enhance the Queensland presence in this national archive.

Maryborough’s mural trail offers local and visitors a visual insight into the city’s past.

All of the murals reflect or a tell a story linked to Maryborough in some way.

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The 2km trail is an easy, COVID-safe walk around the CBD.

For more information on the Maryborough Mural Project, click here.

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